The Psychogenealogist Pic of the Week (#8)

Every Friday The Psychogenealogist shares a "Pic of the Week." The intent is to provoke thought and imagination about the spaces where psychology, genealogy, and history converge.

This week's picture came from the same random set of photos that Pic of the Week #6 ("Mom, 1945) came from. There are no obvious markers that suggest the pictures are related. The photo paper appears to be different too, so it is a good chance they are not connected but by happenstance. 

There is something uniquely unsatisfying about a sepia toned photograph of a colorful peacock, don't you agree?

"Peacock near Hall of flowers"

"Peacock near Hall of flowers"

"Peacock near Hall of flowers" (back)

"Peacock near Hall of flowers" (back)

Here is what we know:

  1. It's a peacock
  2. It's near the "Hall of flowers"
  3. The black paper glued on the back corners suggest it was affixed in a scrapbook or photo album at some point, presumably from a vacation.

The most obvious place to research would be "Hall of Flowers." Is it The County Fair Building (also known as the Hall of Flowers) in San Francisco, California? There are many photos that come up when you do a google image search for "Hall of Flowers San Francisco." There are no obvious matches to the tiny bit of information we have about the building in this picture. 

I have an inquiry in to an administrator at The County Fair Building to see if she can identify the precise location of this photo. I will keep you posted!

Do you have information that could help confirm the location of this photograph?


  • Where did your ancestors go on vacation?
  • How did they memorialize their trips (e.g., photo albums, slide shows, journal entries)?
  • How does viewing black and white photos alter our sense of history that was in full color?

These are just a few questions to stir your imagination as you think about your own (and others') psychology, genealogy, and history.

Do you have an old photograph with a story that you would like to share? I am happy to consider guest submissions for possible Pic of the Week posts in the future. Send an email to for more information.

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